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MNLF, AFP Assure Palawan As “ZONE OF PEACE”

Published: Thursday, 24 October 2013

Camp Gen. Artemio Ricarte, Puerto Princesa City – The Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in the province assured Palawan remains what they called as “Zone of Peace and Development”, corresponding to Western Command’s report to the Provincial Peace and Order Council that the province remains peaceful. The meeting was convened by PPOC chairman Palawan Governor Jose C. Alvarez who presided over the discussion.

Gen. Estino Jairi Ayyobie, MNLF senior leader in Palawan, said that as a peace and development zone, their organization is bound to respect the agreement it signed with the Ramos administration in 1997 which covers 14 provinces and 10 cities including Palawan and supposedly Zamboanga City where there was a stand-off between Moro fighters and the military.

 

In Palawan, he said Palaweños have nothing to worry because MNLF members here want to resolve the issue having their “independence” through peaceful means.

Meanwhile, Western Command (WESCOM) chief Lt. Gen. Rustico Guerrero in the recent meeting of the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) at the Provincial Capitol articulated the AFP’s commitment in maintaining the peaceful atmosphere in the province. Guerrero assured that the province is generally peaceful and there is no existing threat to the peace and order situation in relation to the crisis in Zamboanga City brought about by the MNLF. 

In the meeting, the WESCOM presented the current peace and order situation in the light of its anti-insurgency campaign dubbed Oplan Bayanihan and on the recent Mindanao crisis.

"Nevertheless, we are on heightened alert and we are exerting all efforts to increase our vigilance in the province," said Lt. Gen. Guerrero.

Guerrrero recommended the importance of the activation of the POCs in the municipal levels which he said is the best venue for engagements of the military with other government agencies, both local and national, under the AFP's bayanihan program.

He underscored the support of the local government units in addressing the insurgency problem and in enhancing capabilities of the LGUs in responding to disasters and other emergencies.

He also recommended the holding of a regular security forum with significant sectors of society particularly the business sector to provide them with updates on security situations affecting their areas or businesses.

"Ito po yung gusto naming mangyari (this is what we want to happen), so we would be able to reach out, provide advice on security matters and help in conducting security survey inspection to enable us to strengthen security set ups," said Lt. Gen. Guerrero.

The meeting was attended by all the mandated members of the council including the Local Chief Executives of Bataraza, Brooke’s Point, Sofronio Española, Quezon, Narra, San Vicente, Taytay, El Nido, Agutaya, Araceli, Cagayancillo and Kalayaan. Palawan Governor Jose Chaves Alvarez recently reconstituted the Provincial Peace and Order Council through Executive Order No. 20 series of 2013.  ––END 

 

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